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Cabinet has approved amendments to the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Act, to expand the categories of broadcasting licenses provided under the legislation and allow for the use of new technologies in the provision of subscriber television services.
Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman, told journalists at this week’s post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, that the primary objective was to provide for the licensing of independent programme providers in a manner, which would stimulate investment in and development of the local content industry.
“This latter point applies to the cable industry primarily. It is envisaged that a category of independent programme providers will be allowed access to the advertising revenue stream for these purposes as well,” the Minister said.
The Broadcasting and Radio Re-diffusion (Amendment) Bill 2006, which is expected to go before Parliament by the end of March, will reflect the differentiated services now possible in the broadcast industry.
These are: commercial (sound broadcasting) island wide and limited area; commercial (television broadcasting) island wide and limited area; public service (non commercial) island wide and limited area; public service (commercial) island wide and limited area and international relay service.